Good, bad, right, wrong, legal, illegal—none of that mattered when it came to family. Family was and always would be number one.
Catarina Lambardoni stayed on the legal side of the family businesses by running Lambardoni Enterprises.
Professionally, she was beyond successful. In her personal life, however, she was not, having just walked in on her boyfriend cheating on her.
Jag Maratelli, the boss’s right hand, worked extremely hard to sustain his position in the family and honored it with his life. When he was summoned to the East Coast for an unexpected meeting, a chance encounter with Catarina and one look into the fire within her made him a very determined man.
The chemistry between the two scorched hot, and Jag had been with enough women to know Catarina was something special, something he couldn’t allow himself to walk away from. Life had other ideas, though, when a betrayal in the family sent him two thousand miles away from her while danger lurked closer than anyone realized.
Would their connection be strong enough for both of them to pursue more?
Or would people and events from the past and present make that choice for them?
Ryan Michele is an author who while I may not always love her books, she is one that I can pretty much rely on to always have a good base to the storyline that never fails to suck me in. Yes I know that sounds a little contradictory but let me explain a little bit more. It is usually a character or characters that I end up really hating in her books that makes me not always love the books, and if you have read other reviews by me of her books you will see what I mean, but I have never hated the foundation of those storylines. So I know you are really wondering why in the hell is Janna going on and on about this and not about the actual review. I am getting there. Starting a new series by any author is a crap shoot. You don’t know if you will love it or if you will hate it. If the first book will be able to set the bar for the rest of the series or if it will take a couple books to really see the potential. Blood & Loyalties was a great start to what I hope will end up being a series, because right now I believe it is just a standalone but I could be wrong.
Mafia type books are ones that when done correctly are some of my favorites, and while I don’t have as many on my read list as other genres, it is one that I really do enjoy. Blood & Loyalties will now be one of my top mafia reads. I was drawn into the storyline almost immediately and I didn’t want to set it down to even eat. The connection between Jag and Catarina is intense, strong and don’t get me going on the sexual chemistry cause I am still a little worked up from that. I will say this, I am a tough bitch at times, and I loved how Catarina kicked her ex’s ass when he cheated on her. I may have said just for that right there this book was a winner. What? I have never said I was non-violent, have you read what I do to my husband when he interrupts my reading? And kicking a little cheater ass should happen even if it is only to make you feel better.
Blood & Loyalties has earned my loyalty as well as Ryan Michele. If you are looking for a great mafia genre book then make sure you grab Blood & Loyalties because you will not be disappointed.
Ryan Michele has a huge obsession with reading, which only came to life after her best friend said she had to read Twilight. After reading that series, her entire world changed in the blink of an eye. Not only was she sucked into new worlds and all of the wonderful words authors put down on paper, she felt the urge to begin to write down the characters that played inside of her head. In doing so, Safe was born. When she’s not reading or writing, she spends time taking care of her two children and her husband, enjoying the outdoors and laying in the sun.